This is a glimpse of our living room this Christmas. Keeping things neutral and simple for our “Old Fashioned Christmas” theme, I added a little Christmas tree to my old wooden Apple crate. I purchased the tree from Hobby Lobby for about $14. and sprayed it with Santa’s Snow (spray snow in a can from Wal-Mart) to give it a flocked look. The can of snow is very inexpensive and I love how it brings out the detail of the tree with definition and texture. Once in the crate, to cover the base, I wrapped some burlap material loosely around the bottom of the tree while also filling the empty areas of the crate. It’s perfect for a simple, rustic, old fashioned Christmas.
Another simple thing about this view of our living room is the window of curtains. They are DIY drop cloth curtains with no sewing involved.
I purchased two 6×9 ft. drop cloths at a local hardware store. Ideally you could use two drop cloths for curtains if they are the with you need. Since I had two narrower windows insted of one big one, I cut the drop cloths lengthwise down the middle. Then I had two 3×9 ft panels for each window.
The drop cloths come hemmed all the way around, but I had created a raw edge by cutting them in half. I could have hemmed the edge with a sewing machine, but then they wouldn’t really be no sew curtains! Also, since I am not good with machines I opted for an easier solution, iron-on hem tape.
It comes on a roll, like a roll of tape. I rolled it out along the edge of the side of the material that I wanted to hem.
Then I folded over the material to make the hem, leaving the strip of hem tape between the fold, ironing the hem down as I went.
I measured the length that I wanted my curtains and folded the tops down to reach the desired length of 7 1/2ft. I ran the iron over them and clipped the curtain rings along the top of the curtains’ wide fold.
Since the drop cloths were 9 ft long, I had plenty of material to work with.
The cost was $11 per drop cloth. The hem tape was $1 for the roll from Wal-Mart).
I love the neutral color and the texture of the drop cloth. They make great curtains, being slightly heavyweight, but not so much that they would block out too much natural light. They go great with the natural color of the slip cover on my couch and have an authentic farmhouse feel.
See the post on my pinecone ornaments for a little tutorial about them and for the source link for the candle lights.
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